MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (AP) — Carlos Berlocq defeated Andreas Seppi of Italy to give Argentina a 1-0 lead in their first-round Davis Cup tie in the World Group on Friday.
Berlocq recovered after dropping the first set, winning 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 on the outdoor clay surface.
Juan Monaco had a chance to give Argentina a 2-0 lead when he faced Fabio Fognini in the day's second match. Doubles are set for Saturday in the best-of-five series.
"I felt like you have to feel in a Davis Cup match — with determination and dedication," Berlocq said. "When I was on the court and fans screamed 'gladiator,' it gave me a lift."
Argentina is a four-time runner-up in the Davis Cup and has yet to win tennis' top team event. Italy has won once.
The winner faces the winner of the series between Britain and the United States.